Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe 55 Review

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Smart Fortwo Electric Coupe 55 Review

The electrified of the Smart Fortwo has been in for what feels like years. Initially field in London in 2009 under the ForTwo EV nameplate, it was incrementally and renamed Smart Fortwo ED, for drive’. Fast forward to and the car’s testing program is The final product, which now by the name Smart Fortwo Drive Coupe 55, is almost to be sold to the general public, so we the opportunity to hop in the hotseat and can now bring you our review.

The Smart Fortwo Drive is real!


The Fortwo Electric Drive 55 looks like any other car – small, unassuming, but quite with a grounded stance. It may be an of derision for those in larger but it’s a well-styled thing design serves its intended well. The only clues to the this electric drive is powered by electrons and not ground-up bones include a clever ED behind the door handle, a cladding to its Tridion safety and a lack of exhaust pipes.

The Electric Drive looks identical to the standard petrol-powered car but for a Tridion safety cell.

There’s plenty of space in the Fortwo Electric Drive 55 for two passengers. The cabin is spacious lots of leg and headroom, though space is at a premium. The glove box is and, while it is lockable a key, is flimsy enough to pry The door bins are large for a few small items – phones, etc. – and a pair of cupholders but space is nigh on non-existent. said, the passenger seat can be flat to create an oddly-shaped, if load area.

There’s plenty of space up for two occupants.

Performance Handling

cars usually don’t inspiring performance, and neither do cars so you could be forgiven for the Smart Fortwo Electric Coupe 55 is rubbish to drive – but be wrong. It is a bit of a beast actually aggressive tomcat rather … lion). Its weedy-sounding usually offers a mere of grunt, but nail the throttle and offer a peak output of (74bhp) for two minutes at a time. may not sound like much, but us when we say it’s enough to the car feel like it’s to a rocket. On paper, its 0-62mph is just 11 seconds, though it far quicker as the acceleration and torque are

It’ll keep up with all with ease and if you nail it a standstill it’ll even a few people at the lights. It doesn’t run out of either. It keeps pulling up its 78mph top speed, so it’ll up motorway miles just its petrol-powered cousins. Fancy a bit of No problem. Just bury the go and the little Smart will forward with an urgency belies its size.

It takes just a few short to get from 30mph to 60mph and be breaking the law if you keep the throttle Handling is a thrill, too. Its tires hang on gamely the bends and its low centre of gravity it with surprising agility. The line: This car is tremendous fun to – more so than the petrol

It’s huge fun to drive in theory, kind to the environment.


Smart has shoehorned a good of equipment into the Fortwo Drive Coupe 55. The car comes electric windows, air conditioning a pre-conditioning function that it before you get inside) a panoramic trip computer, ABS with brake-force distribution, central electronic stability programme hill start assist, a CD/DVD player with SD reader, power steering and a touchscreen display with Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB inputs. In it has everything you need.

Smart has yet to the price in the UK, but based on US pricing, we the Fortwo Electric Drive to in the region of £15,300. If you take of the £5,000 government subsidy, falls to just over That’s phenomenal value, as most electric cars for in excess of £25,000.

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There’s of standard equipment.


The Electric Drive takes the Smart’s efficiency to new heights. On a charge, it’ll travel for a 90 miles. The cost of that will vary, but recharging on a low cost energy tariff only cost a couple of This being an electric there are no carbon dioxide whatsoever — from its pipe, at least. However the fact most electricity in the UK is from power stations emit CO2, you may want to switching to a green energy

Expect to be hitting 80mph in thing.


Smart has claimed its cars are as safe as It cites all manner of safety including a Tridion safety front and rear crash driver and passenger airbags, and thorax side airbags, the aforementioned electronic stability to help you avoid trouble in the place. It’s a tough thing, but no number of gadgets or bags would make us comfortable about crashing in

Buy one. We certainly would.

The Smart Fortwo Electric is arguably the best electric car tested to date. It’s not as as the Nissan Leaf. but its size, and price help make it a convincing overall package. tremendous fun to drive, cheap to will likely be cheap to All things considered, it’s the Smart car, and the most electric car to date.


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